Adventures in Solo: Terrorizing the Upper West Side

The director herself, Lillian Meredith

The director herself, Lillian Meredith

Things I learned from the first day of filming for my solo show

The Unfelt Wonder

When performing your monologue in a bar as your director films you with a flip cam, do converse with meddling bystanders in character.  Even if that character is a who-caring, loud badass.

When chasing your director down the West End as she films you performing, do be as loud as you can be in order to scare doormen.  Do not stay long enough for them to call the cops.

When chasing your director down the West End, let her know when it is safe to cross the street as she is walking backwards and cannot see.  But do so in character.

When following your acting instincts during an impromptu diner performance, do throw a french fry at your director’s eye as she films you.  But again, do so in character.

Do ask a million times if the footage is okay but do not watch yourself….yet.

Do film on a Thursday.  No one expects crazy public acting on Thursdays.

Do bring Adele Thurston with you.  She is a wonderful assistant camera chick.  And she will give you good limping advice.

Adele Thurston, she knows she is good

Adele Thurston: she is that good

Try to do everything in one take.

Go home.  Drink water.   Wash all the cat eye make-up off your face.

And of course, you must see my Upper West Side performance in it’s edited glory as part of my solo show at Dixon Place on June 4th.

Acting.

Acting.

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